Welcome to ASTUTE

Embedding Advanced & Sustainable Technologies into Welsh Manufacturing

The five year (2007-2013) EU Funded Project ASTUTE (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) has now ended. ASTUTE was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government.

ASTUTE has supported the stimulation of ideas in the Welsh manufacturing sector through provision of resources, facilities, advice and guidance exploiting the wealth of world class research in Welsh Universities in close research collaborations with industry.
ASTUTE has supported more than 250 Welsh enterprises in West Wales and the Valleys, supporting them towards long term sustainability and competitiveness, the most evident improvements experienced by companies were improved processes, accelerated research and development, improved growth prospects and new product developments.

The final evaluation of ASTUTE which comprises the findings of an external independent review has come to the conclusion that, using conservative estimates, ASTUTE’s work created economic impact of well in excess of £200M in West Wales and the Valleys showing that for each £1 invested an outstanding return of over £8 of economic impact was achieved.

Other key measures achieved by ASTUTE include 141 collaborative R&D projects and 294 enterprise assists resulting in outputs of e.g.:
• Total funding applications submitted as a result of ASTUTE interventions of £49,882,644
• A single project with the potential of saving over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in the UK alone.
• Investment induced of £6,636,800
• 158 Jobs created
• 11 Enterprises created
• 42 Products, processes or services registered
• 342 Products, processes or services launched

We would sincerely like to thank all those who have been at the forefront of research, innovation and development, embedding of technologies and knowledge transfer into Welsh SMEs over the last five years, in particular the Welsh industry sector for engaging with academia and showing that close collaboration and partnership are at the core of a successful relationship and Welsh Government and local authorities for providing valuable advice and guidance.

All your support has allowed us to make a highly positive impact on the economic growth of the Welsh manufacturing sector. Your backing will help the manufacturing sector thrive. Thank you.

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What's Happening

  1. 07.Jun.2016

    METAL Project - Process Evolution in the Steel Industry

    The course provides a general overview of the standard process routes required to transform raw materials into rolled steel and their respective history and evolution.

  2. 19.May.2016

    Enabling New Value Streams in Community Based Manufacturing

    The idea of re-distributed remanufacturing has become increasingly popular, yet there is no real understanding of size and shape of it within different city regions, the infrastruc..

  3. 16.May.2016

    METAL Project - Environmental Issues

    With focus on the environment ever increasing and legislation rapidly changing it is becoming more important to understand the influence industry has on the environment.

  4. 25.Apr.2016

    METAL Project - Arc Welding

    The course provides a detailed technical description of the key arc welding processes explaining the effects of changes in welding parameters on weld quality.

  5. 20.Nov.2015

    Congratulations to ASTUTE